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Pinocchio Mass Market Paperback – 18 Nov 2002
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About the Author
Carlo Collodi is the pen name of Carlo Lorenzini. Born in 1826, he worked as a journalist before publishing "The Adventures of Pinocchio" in 1883. Translated into more than ninety languages, "Pinocchio" has never been out of print.
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Who doesn't know the basic story of Pinocchio? But - have you ever read the original either to yourself, or to your children? Pinocchio gets into lots of high jinks after he is first made, but ultimately his heart is in the right place. But only with putting childish things behind him, accpeting duty and getting on in life can he progress. This is a great tale for children, but it is also still as great to read as an adult. Filled with animals that can talk, other puppets like Pinocchio, and a fairy, there is just so much to take in. So why not treat yourself and read a nice little magical fantasy filled with humour and adventure.
This new translation is faithful to the original, and just as edgy. The health warning is in the cover illustration; the more you look at it, the more disturbing it is. And that's true of the full Pinocchio. Shorn of illustration apart from a scattering of the original simple images, this very Italian morality tale becomes adult reading...required reading for politicians?
Read it! Collodi's original story is light years away from the saccharine, bowlderised Disney version. For example, Disney makes the talking cricket into a funny little man who sings schmaltzy songs like 'When You Wish Upon a Star'.
The book is a lot tougher. Pinocchio kills the cricket in Chapter 4, it then reappears as a ghost and appears again at the end of the story.
The original is dark and dangerous throughout. The moralising is laid on a wee bit thick, but the story swoops and weaves with the most amazing plot (much of which is missing from Disney).
The formatting of the free version leaves a bit to be desired, but the story is so strong it doesn't matter. And for the price who can complain?
A classic. Brilliant!
A great read, despite the voice of the narrator not being quite what we expect nowadays, I am always up for reading the original version of stories, just to see how it has been re-written by Disney for a very different audience.
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